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Courses and Workshops

Abstract Writing Workshop

The Drexel Writing Center periodically offers workshops on various steps in the writing process, including workshops on writing abstracts. This is particularly helpful for students looking to apply to present their undergraduate research, as most conferences require that applicants submit an abstract of their work to be considered. Please check back here or on the Drexel Writing Center Workshops page for updates on when these workshops will be held.

FOR STAR Scholars: The Drexel Writing Center staff will host an abstract writing workshop specifically for STAR Scholars to help prepare you for writing your abstracts for the STAR Scholars Summer Showcase Program Booklet. This workshop will be held at the end of July or early August; check back here and on Discover for more details as summer draws nearer.

Poster Design Workshop

Hagerty Libraries and the Drexel Writing Center periodically offer workshops on various skills related to presenting research, including designing effective research posters. Please check back here, on the Drexel Writing Center Workshops page, or on the Hagerty Libraries events page for updates on when these workshops will be held.

FOR STAR Scholars: We will host a poster design workshop specifically for STAR Scholars to help prepare you for designing your posters for the STAR Scholars Summer Showcase. This workshop will be held in early August; check back here and on Discover for more details as summer draws nearer.

Introductory Research Courses

FOR STAR Scholars
Research Methods 1 & 2 (MIS 481-001, MIS 481-002)

STAR Scholars in the LeBow College of Business who intend to work with a Business faculty member for their STAR project are required to take Research Methods 1 & 2 in Spring Term. This is a four-credit course, with the two sections being worth two credits each. Research Methods 1 (MIS 481-001) takes place during Weeks 1-5 and covers general social science research methodology, while Research Methods 2 (MIS 481-002) takes place during Weeks 6-10 and covers research methods specific to business disciplines. Students in the social sciences are welcome to register for MIS 481-001, as well, if they are interested. Please contact the OUR staff for more information.

Library Research Workshop Series

FOR STAR Scholars
The Libraries and the STAR Scholars Program offered a Research Workshop Series in Summer 2013 to coach students to think strategically about research and to guide them in using technology to discover, organize, and present information. We hope the program will build your confidence and skills and enrich your summer research experience. This series of workshops, held throughout July and the beginning of August, covered the following topics: 

Managing References with Zotero
Zotero is an open-source reference management tool. With one click, Zotero can automatically import bibliographic information that it "senses" in many library databases as well as library catalogs and websites such as The New York Times, Wikipedia, Flickr and Amazon. You can attach notes, links, and PDFs to records in your Zotero library. Zotero's Microsoft Word plugin helps you to quickly create in-text citations, endnotes, and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.

Managing References with RefWorks
Learn how to use Refworks to quickly grab source citation information from databases and store all your references in the cloud! RefWorks is an online citation management tool that can generate bibliographies, add in-text citations, and allows you to create a sound organizational structure for your reference material.

Become a Google Guru
You use Google every day, but are you using it efficiently? Using Google’s advanced search features and specialized search engines can greatly enhance your Googling experience. In this workshop, you will practice using common search operators and filters, as well as review Google's different search engines. You will learn how to use Google Books and Google Scholar to find sources of research and connect your search results to the Drexel Library's catalog and databases.

In Search of a Scholarly Review Article
A scholarly review article is a secondary source that synthesizes the body of research on a topic. In this workshop, you will learn the characteristics of review articles, why they are important, and how to search for them using library databases. You will also learn how to locate the full text of a source given its citation.

The Art and Science of Visual Design
Good presentations tell a story and appeal to our emotions. Visual aids can enhance your story or ruin it. In this workshop, you will be introduced to fundamental design principles, as you work in small groups to evaluate examples. You will learn tips to enhance photographs and charts and techniques for creating interesting layouts with visual balance and thematic unity.

Prezi Basics
Looking for an alternative to PowerPoint? Get started with Prezi! Prezi is a web-based application that allows for multi-authoring of visual presentations, which makes it great for group projects. Instead of a slide deck, you create your presentation on a large canvas - you can pan and zoom to different parts of the canvas as you present ideas. You can easily insert text, images, videos, PDFs and hyperlinks into your Prezi to make the content more engaging. This workshop is a hands-on, introduction to the tool.

Principles of Poster Design
In this workshop, we will discuss design principles and best practices for creating effective scientific posters. Learn what to include (and exclude) and how to arrange the elements so that your poster stands out in the crowd. We will also address common mistakes in poster layout and design and how to avoid them.

Discover Demonstrations

These sessions provide demonstrations of the Discover portal. At these workshops, you will learn how to set up your profile; how to upload documents, such as resumes and cover letters; and how to search and apply for positions. Please check back here and on Discover [link to] for more details, or request a meeting with the OUR staff for a one-on-one demonstration of the Discover website.